Use Free Autoruns Utility to Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs
By Stephen Bucaro
Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to start at system bootup or login. It displays programs
started by your startup folder and the Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. By clicking on different
tabs Autoruns also displays Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons, Appinit DLLs, image hijacks
boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers.
Stopping unnecessary programs from starting makes Windows boot faster and frees up system resources.
You'll be surprised at how many programs are launched automatically at bootup and login.
1. Download Autoruns from
2. Extract the downloaded file (autoruns.zip) to a folder on your desktop.
3. Delete the license agreement file and the file Autorunsc, which is a command-line version of Autoruns.
4. autoruns.chm is the help file for the program. Right-click on this file and in the Properties dialog
box that appears, click on the [Unlock] button. The click on the [Apply] and [OK] buttons.
5. Double-click on autoruns.exe to execute the program. The first time you run Autoruns you'll be asked
to agree to the software license terms, click on the [Agree] button.
Click on the name of a program to highlight it and information about it will appear in the details panel
at the bottom of the window. To disable an autorun entry uncheck its check box. To delete an autorun entry,
highlight the item and use the Entry menu Delete item. Be sure to investigate a program to make sure it is
unnecessary before you delete it.
Autoruns comes with a complete help file which you can access through the Help menu.
More information is available in the Sysinternals Autoruns Forum.
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